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Ambience Venue Styling Case Study
Sandie Edgar launched Ambience Edinburgh in April 2008 and has recently signed her third term.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership Status-
  • UK Years Established12 years
  • Current UK Coverage40%
  • Franchisee Support Staff3
  • Personal Investment Req.£7,500
  • Total Startup Cost£11,994
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
Next Steps

Meet The Owner Of One Of Ambience's Longest Serving Franchises!

Before joining Ambience, the thought of being in the wedding industry never even crossed Sandie Edgar's mind!

Ambience | Sandie EdgarBefore becoming a wedding stylist, Sandie felt like she was over worked and underappreciated whilst working in the legal industry as a solicitor. She thought enough is enough and then took some time out to be at home with her son and support her husband Gareth’s career.

We asked Sandie what led her to buy a franchise…

"We had looked at several franchise businesses and existing business to buy as options but wanted something that was a bit creative and in what we thought to be a 'happy' industry. The benefits we saw in joining a franchise is that the Model is there for you to get started immediately. Most importantly it’s not as lonesome as doing it on your own."

What Sandie loves about her job?

"The thing I love most about my job is that I am able to transform ordinary spaces into something amazing. In the wedding industry we get to meet some really lovely people.

Trends and products are ever evolving which really allows me to let out my creative side. So whilst there can be some repetition most events are different. Clients have their own ideas about what they want but also appreciate our input as stylists, especially if we know the venue well.

The most important lesson I have learnt with being in the wedding industry for so long is, never over promise and always deliver what you say you will. Quality, customer service and good timing are all essential."                                                                                         

Here is Sandie’s advice to someone looking to join a franchise…

"Honestly, think VERY carefully. It is not an easy, quick fix for success you still have to work very hard to get the business but it is good to know that Head Office is there in the background and that you can pick up the phone to them should you ever need them. It’s reassuring knowing that all the technical side of things are taken care of and that help and guidance is always available. We only need to ask!"

If you think you need to work in a more rewarding industry and get recognised for all the hard work you do then Ambience would love to hear from you! Click below to find out more

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What Our Franchisees Say

Joining Ambience has allowed my husband and I the change in lifestyle we were searching for. Back in 2008 I was ready for a fresh challenge and my husband, Gareth, was disillusioned with his current employment. Each of us brings something different to the business which has enabled us to compensate for each other’s weaknesses whilst exploiting the other’s strengths.Sandie Edgar - Edinburgh Franchisee


The training and guidance from Head Office on how to build my business right from the beginning has been personal and delivered on a one to one basis which has been fantastic. There are so many benefits to being part of Ambience, it’s very comforting to know that they’re only a phone call away should you need them whilst at the same time having the freedom to go out and achieve incredible things.Ellen Ingleson – Leeds Franchise


Starting a business can be very daunting, to know that we were joining a well-established national network made our decision a lot easier. Now, we can be our own boss and know that all the work we put in is going to benefit ourselves. Nothing is ever too silly and there will always be someone who knows the answer or who can help - both Head Office and Stylists. It’s like a little Ambience family.Emma Pearson & Adam Richmond - Teesside Franchisees


Why Choose Us

Run a local business with a national reputation and keep your phone ringing throughout the year.

Offer your clients an unbeatable selection with the UK's largest wedding styling library, which puts 100s of hire items at your fingertips.

Minimal business administration with AMBA, your own virtual assistant. AMBA handles all of your enquiries, stock requests, bookings and invoices so that you can focus on delivering a world-class service.

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